March is Fraud Prevention Month, and Whitecourt RCMP is warning local residents to be on the lookout for scams, particularly those involving the CRA as it is tax season.
The Whitecourt detachment says over the last two weeks they have seen a few complaints from residents being scammed by fake CRA calls, and the numbers are on the rise.
Whitecourt RCMP Constable Colin Wyntjes says scammers will often scare people with threats of arrest.
Constable Wyntjes says those most at risk for scams are the elderly or new Canadians who may not know how the actual CRA works.
The CRA will never ask people over the phone for payment by e-transfer, prepaid gift cards, or cryptocurrency like Bitcoin. Anyone who receives this type of phone call should hang up immediately.
Anyone who is a victim of a scam should report it to their bank and the RCMP, as well as contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-800-495-8501 or www.antifraudcentre.ca.